The Skaneateles Festival will present the Marcus Roberts Trio — three noted African-American jazz performers — at the Everson Museum in a special performance for an audience of school-aged students from several social service agencies serving the inner city. This will be followed by an interactive program designed specifically for this event by the Everson's Curator of Educational Programs.
The Marcus Roberts Trio is committed to jazz education, and building new audiences is a key mission for the group. As such, they have developed programs for all ages and often perform for children, many of whom have never heard jazz music before.
Founded in 1993, the Trio has achieved a unique sound and style, “opening up a creative window on both the past and future”(Los Angeles Times). Recognized as one of the pivotal figures in jazz today, Roberts has taken his Trio across the globe, playing in jazz clubs and in the world’s great concert calls.
Roberts, blind since age 4 and performing all music from memory, has recorded nine albums with the Trio; all are critically acclaimed and several have reached Billboard's No.1 spot.
Steeped in the standards, the Trio focuses on reimagining the works of the great masters such as Gershwin, Waller, and Ellington. They also frequently perform Roberts’ own compositions, arrangements and Latin-flavored programs.
Recent appearances include performances of Roberts’ arrangement of Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Chicago Symphony and Boston Symphony. They also received rave reviews at the London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
About 120 young people from Syracuse’s inner city will be transported to the Everson Museum of Art to meet and hear the Marcus Roberts Trio. These three musicians (Marcus Roberts, piano; Jason Marsalis, drums; Rodney Jordan, bass) are at the top of their careers, but have overcome disabilities and other obstacles during their youth.